Do you recognize the title of this blog entry? It's the intro to the song Living Dead Girl, which is one of the few zombie things I really like. At least I think the song is about a zombie. This is a good song to listen to while applying Halloween makeup or just driving your car. One word of caution is that listening to music like this can affect how you drive. At least it makes me drive a little faster. Also, other drivers probably think I'm weird as they look over and see me mouthing with intense emotion:
Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? Living Dead Girl!
Ah, Rob Zombie. I haven't watched him in anything for a while. He's actually looking good (by Rob Zombie standards) in this video. I like the whole silent movie theme, complete with actors wearing 1920s makeup. The "Living Dead Girl" in the video appears to be some kind of sideshow zombie attraction. Even though I've listened to this song countless times, this is the first time I've watched the video! I definitely didn't know the lyrics before today. As it turns out, I've been singing my own made up lyrics for the past decade. I'm going to stick with some of my own words, because the actual lyrics are fairly disturbing.
However disturbing the lyrics are, they aren't as nonsensical as they first appear. I was semi-surprised to find that the Living Dead Girl song has it's own Wikipedia page. (I was only semi-surprised, because I found the Wikipedia page for duct tape the other day.) Anyway, if you read over this, you'll learn the meaning behind some of the lyrics: Living Dead Girl Wikipedia Page
B-Movie fans will be interested in some of this trivia!
So, here's my big confession: I'm not all that into modern zombies. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I haven't been interested in any zombie movies since the original Night of the Living Dead. I like the more old school zombies, and by old school, I mean old. If future zombies somehow become attractive and charming (like vampires) I might take more of an interest.
It's not like I'm completely anti-zombie, though. I do like Rob Zombie, the original Night of the Living Dead, and the Haitian Voodoo zombies I wrote about earlier. Oh, and one of my favorite Simpson's Halloween specials has to do with zombies. This picture goes with one of the best parts of that episode. Here, the zombies are figuring out that Homer doesn't have much to offer them in the way of brains...
I want to like zombies as much as other people do, or at least understand the obsession. After all, zombies are the most popular monsters of our current time. I'm not sure why exactly, but I have a few theories. Sometimes, I look on the street and see people slowly walking, so into their ipods and cell phones, that they aren't even aware of what is going on around them. They can't be bothered to say Hello, as they blankly stare ahead. So maybe zombies are connected to modern culture. People were buzzing about the apocalypse earlier this year, and 2012 is fast approaching. Maybe this fear helps to feed the interest in apocalyptic zombie movies. There is a constant fear of chemical warfare, and extreme germaphobia now. Maybe this fear is reflected in movie plots where zombies spread their condition like a sickness.
What do you think the popularity of zombies says about our time?
I think every decade has had a popular monster. The Mummy was big during the 1930s, because of Egyptian tomb excavation. The sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s often involved aliens, because of advancements in space travel. There were also giant mutated creatures that were usually caused by nuclear disaster, because of the threat of atomic attacks. I also have a theory about the old time monsters being more physically active, just like people used to be. Just think about the Wolfman. He never stood still!
My guess is that the next hot monster is going to be the chupacabra. We just need to figure out what a chupacabra looks like. I've heard of supposed chupacabra discoveries, that only turned out to be dead dogs, random roadkill, and even a dead turtle missing its shell. (really) So, once we can all agree on what a chupacabra is, I'm sure it will be the next big thing!
Autumn Forest. It's always interesting to see the different directions people take when talking about the same topic. Many people are participating in the zombie walk. Below is the long list of other participants. You can click through these blogs and read some zombie goodness from people who are probably more into zombies than I am. I hear there are going to be a lot of how-to's and giveaways, so take a look!